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Frozen Treat in Lares

Lares, 00669, Puerto Rico

Beat the Sun with Tasty Treats

The sun can shine relentlessly in Puerto Rico, but you can beat the heat with cool sweets. If you’re staying in town, your best bet is a piragua (shaved ice with a syrup of your choice) from a plaza vendor's cart. But if you’re escaping the city and you have the chance, stop by the town of Lares for a visit to the Heladería Lares. This local institution is a source of great pride, serving up unique ice cream flavors like corn, garlic, and cod. (More traditional scoops are also available, such as vanilla and chocolate.) Make sure to take a moment and check out the shop's walls, which are covered in old photographs and newspaper clippings about the town.